LISBON – Columbiana County ADAPT, in collaboration with the Education Department of the Family Recovery Center, is launching the National Red Ribbon Week campaign on Saturday with a free community event themed, “No Prob-Llama, I’m drug free” on the green in downtown Lisbon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The national red ribbon campaign began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. Red Ribbon Week is officially celebrated nationally from October 23 to 31.
The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping preserve the memory of Special Agent Camarena and furthering the cause for which he gave his life – combating the violence of drug-related crime and the misery of the substance addiction. By gathering at special events and wearing red ribbons during the last week of October, Americans from all walks of life are showing their opposition to drugs.
The ADAPT of Columbiana County launch event will encourage youth and adults to make healthy choices while making a commitment to be drug free. The event will feature free activities for children, including bouncy houses sponsored by the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and a prize wheel that will give prizes to children to promote a drug-free life, including pop-it bracelets, buttons, balloons and candy. Tri-State Young Marines will also be present with “Drunk glasses” for alcohol abuse awareness.
About 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events each year, and people from all over Columbiana County are invited to attend the event in Lisbon. Free refreshments will be served and a County Commissioners Red Ribbon Week proclamation will be shared.
In addition to the launch event, Columbiana County ADAPT is hosting a school and community wide spirit week to raise awareness for a drug free life and everyone in the county is invited to participate and share photos on Columbiana County’s ADAPT. The Facebook page.
Monday, October 25: “Don’t let drugs get in your way” – Wear your sneakers.
Tuesday October 26: “My team is drug free” –Wear sports / team attire.
Wednesday October 27: “Black Out Drugs” – wear black.
Thursday October 28: “Too bright for drugs” – wear neon lights and bright colors.
Friday October 29: “To say “BOO! ”On drugs – Happy Halloween!
To learn more about Red Ribbon Week, visit www.redribbon.org. Columbiana County ADAPT is funded by the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and administered by the Family Recovery Center. ADAPT of Columbiana County’s mission is to communicate and collaborate with the community to support and promote healthy lifestyles across the lifespan. For more information, visit www.adaptcoalition.org.